Spettmann was appointed senior vice president of the Pigments & Resins Europe business unit of BASF from his previous role as senior vice president of the Fuel and Lubricant Solutions unit.
He will be in charge of the product families of pigments, resins and additives for the coating, paint, printing and packaging industry.
Spettmann succeeds Jan-Peter Sander, who has become head of the Personal Care Europe unit.
The portfolio encompasses pigments, resins, dispersions and additives. End-use industries include adhesives, printing and packaging with a focus on environmentally friendly systems, such as low-VOC water-based coatings.